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What to Expect From Valentine's Day Deals in 2018

Last year there were plenty of 1-day deals, so start planning now to avoid the last-minute scramble.
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Valentine's Day has a reputation for conspicuous consumption. But we looked at last year's best, most popular deals to help you win your Valentine's heart without breaking the bank in 2018.

A word to the wise: don't leave your shopping until the last minute. Many of our best deals showed up in the first week of February, and many offers expired days before Valentine's. A little early planning can save you some serious cash.

We also saw plenty of 1-day deals in the first two weeks of February — so make sure to watch DealNews, and we'll keep you up to date.

Valentine's Day Staples

The traditional standbys of flowers and jewelry are available at more reasonable prices if you buy early. As with all the deals we saw last year, waiting until the last minute is a bad idea.

Flowers

We saw a bouquet of flower offers last year, but the most popular deal we saw came from Whole Foods — which sold 24 long-stem red roses for $25. 1-800-Flowers also offered a variety of deals leading up to the holiday, but each tacked on a $15 charge for Valentine's Day delivery. Alternatively, Groupon offered $30 of FTD store credit for $10. Expect to see similar deals this year during the first two weeks of February.

Jewelry

Both men and women's jewelry and accessories were available at Valentine's discounts to the savvy shopper. Ashford took up to 87% off its luxury watches and jewelry last year, and included Godiva chocolate for orders of $99 or more. That deal showed up a week before Valentine's last year.

During last year's Valentine's Day sales, Amazon and Kohl's offered huge discounts on jewelry. Amazon took up to 35% off and Kohl's cut up to 50% off.

Amazon took up to 35% off its Valentine's Day jewelry, but that deal only ran for 24 hours — so keep visiting DealNews and be ready to act fast.

Online outlet site 6pm took up to 81% off its Michael Kors inventory. As usual, it pays to plan ahead: this deal ended on February 5 last year.

Kohl's offered up to 50% off jewelry last year, and shoppers who spent more than $75 got an extra 15% to 20% off via a coupon code. But you'll want to shop early — this sale also ended February 5.

Valentine's Day Couple

Valentine's Day Travel

Travel sales land the earliest of any of the deals we saw. Some of the Valentine airline discounts we saw showed up in January.

One travel site, GoSeek, offered 2-night stays in Las Vegas from $30 per night, and in New York City from $75 per night. These deals showed up in January, and only stuck around until early February. Once again, it pays to look early — some of this year's travel sales may already be over.

SEE ALSO: Here's the Best Time to Book a Flight for EVERY Holiday

A large variety of airlines offered timely travel deals, especially if your departure dates and destinations were flexible. Travel sites Dealbase, ShermansTravel, and Travelzoo frequently sold 1-way fares to hundreds of destinations on major airlines for less than $50.

Even Amtrak got in on the travel deals, offering Keystone Service and Northeast Regional 1-way tickets as low as $12.

Valentine's Day Movies

There were a few different movie deals last year, and you can expect more this year. Ticketmaster sold 2-for-1 tickets to shows around the country. Atom Tickets sold 2-for-1 La La Land tickets. Samsung Pay offered 20% off gift cards to AMC Theaters and Regal Entertainment. Would you rather stay in and watch a movie? Best Buy offered a variety of movies on Blu-ray for $5 each.

Staying Out of the Valentine's Day Rut

If you want to get out of the flowers-and-chocolate rut, Amazon Warehouse ran a 15% off deal starting February 3 until well after Valentine's. Similar sales this year should give you nearly infinite Valentine's gift choices.

SEE ALSO: Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Every Relationship

But if you really want to stray far from the beaten path, the Bronx Zoo is reprising its 2017 "Roaches are Forever" deal. For a $10 donation, the Bronx Zoo allowed you to name one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches. For $35 your designee also got either a plush cockroach or some chocolates, and for $50 your lucky(?) recipient received all three.

Last-Minute Panic

If you've waited to read this article until right before Valentine's Day, don't despair. We saw over 275 deals published on Valentine's Day alone in 2017; depending on your giftee's taste, you might still be in luck.

Neiman Marcus ran a 30% to 60% off sale in its Last Call outlet. Dealbase ran travel specials on 1-way tickets from Southwest, JetBlue, and Frontier Airlines. Kohl's ran specials on Nike items, and Lenovo took up to 50% off in its online store.

Readers, do you have any Valentine's tips and deals that you're especially proud of? Share them in the comments!


Contributing Writer

Sean is a freelance writer and photojournalist working in the Hampton Roads region. He has been a writer, adventure motorcyclist, drag racer, data nerd, shade-tree mechanic, and tornado chaser. Recommend good beers to him on Twitter at @wxgeek.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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